Suspected Cop Killer Is 74, Boasted of His Gun Skills

74-year-old suspect in custody after 7 officers were shot, one fatally, in South Carolina
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2018 11:29 AM CDT
Evidence lies on Saxon Drive in the Vintage Place neighborhood where several members of law enforcement were shot, one fatally, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in Florence, S.C.   (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
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(Newser) – A clearer picture is emerging from Wednesday's assault on police officers at a home in an upscale neighborhood in Florence, South Carolina. Seven officers were shot, one of them fatally, before police arrested 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins after a two-hour standoff. Police had gone to the home to serve a warrant, though not to Hopkins. Details and developments:

  • The start: Police went to Hopkins' home about 4pm with a search warrant related to an unidentified 27-year-old man living in the home. The younger man, who is accused of sexual assault of a minor on a foster child in the residence, ended up being shot and wounded during the gunfire, reports WMBF.
  • The shooting: Authorities say Hopkins set up with a high-powered rifle by a second-story window, a vantage point that gave him a clear shot at officers on the scene, reports the State. In fact, police had to use an armored vehicle to collect the wounded during the siege.

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